Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Winthrop University Krispy Kreme Race-Run 4 Reading Race Recap

When I heard about a race for donuts I signed up! Who doesn’t want to run for some Krispy Kreme!
The Winthrop University Krispy Kreme Race-Run 4 Reading was held on Saturday February 27, 2016 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The run was a fundraiser for a good cause, proceeds from the race benefit The Early Learning Partnership of York County, a nonprofit organization established to develop and promote programs that support school readiness of children ages five and under in York County, South Carolina.

The race was a four mile course and it was not a timed race. When signing up for the race you had three choices, form a relay team to run the race, complete the challenge which was to run half the race then eat a dozen donuts then run to the finish, or simply run the four miles and finish with a box of donuts. I elected the later. 

We had a good crowd going to the race, there were seven of us, and we had about an hour and a half drive so we all met at 5:30 am and rode together to South Carolina. We arrived with plenty of time to spare and were able to pick up our race packet, which was a cute bib and grey cotton blend long sleeved t-shirt. There were a couple of vendors there with tents giving out free goodies. Luckily for me the Nissan tent was giving away free gloves, like a crazy person I left my gloves in my car back home.

There were about 300 runners, there were a few superheroes in the group, and the sun was shining albeit the cold. The race organizers did a good job getting us all to the start line and then we were off!

The course was a closed course and it was very well marked and very well manned, there were tons of volunteers and police peppered along the route. There was one water station that served both the coming and going racers so we passed by it twice. Rock Hill, SC is a beautiful town, we passed by several beautiful historic homes, churches and buildings. At the half way point the challengers stopped to consume their dozen donuts.

What most of the other runners didn’t realize was that we were supposed to pick up our box of donuts and run with them back to the finish. Luckily the truck brought the donuts back around to finish after the race so we were able to get our box after all.

The post-race food was plentiful; there were bottles of water, bagels, pretzels, bananas, oranges and of course donuts! The challengers received a finishers medal and awards were given to the first male and female challenger, the first – third male and female run only finisher, the relay team district with the most teams and the most spirited relay team in each district, the first place relay team and there were school awards for those with the most participants, in addition there was an award for the best costume. 

This was a very fun race and we will definitely be back! I only wish it had been timed! My Strava says I finished the four miles in 38:30 for a 9:35/mi average pace. I am pretty happy with that!

If you are near South Carolina you should consider adding this to your list of events for next year!

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